Thursday, February 22, 2018

Parkland shooting survivor confronts Donald Trump on gun violence in schools

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 10:33 AM

A week after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump tried his hand at empathetic emotions and held a "listening session" at the White House Wednesday with survivors and grieving families of those killed in the massacre.

Those gathered offered a number of proposals – like increasing school safety and raising age limits for assault weapon purchases – while Trump focused on increasing the number of guns at schools by arming certain teachers with concealed weapons. Add that to your school supplies list, educators.

One person, however, did not stand for the madness and confronted Trump directly on gun violence at schools and gun reform laws that would actually make a difference. Sam Zeif, 18, survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School last week – but one of his best friends, Joaquin Oliver, was killed by the shooter. During the shooting, Zeif said he was texting his family and 14-year-old brother, Matthew Zeif, whose math teacher died trying to save students' lives.

A weeping Sam Zeif told Trump he was at the White House to use his voice because Oliver can't speak anymore:
"I know he's with me, cheering me on to be strong, but it's hard. … To feel like this ever, I can't feel comfortable in my country, knowing that people have, will have or ever going to feel like this. I want to feel safe at school. … I don’t understand. I turned 18 the day after, woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war – an AR.

I was reading today that a person, 20 years old, walked in to a store and bought an AR-15 in five minutes with an expired ID. How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon. How did we not stop this after Columbine? After Sandy Hook? I’m sitting with a mother that lost her son. It’s still happening!

In Australia there was a shooting at a school in 1999. You know after that they took a lot of ideas, they put legislation together and they stopped it. Can anyone here guess how many shootings there have been in a school since then in Australia? Zero.

We need to do something. That’s why we’re here. So let’s be strong for the fallen who don’t have a voice to speak anymore, and let’s never let this happen again. Please. Please."
Trump, here's where you say No. 5: "I hear you."

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